Monday, February 22, 2010

In The Future, Nurses Use Bunny Rabbit Chainsaws

Years ago, my then girlfriend was very interested in collecting designer toys. Essentially what these are are very limited edition figures or sculptures, often made of vinyl, that are sold as collectibles and works of art. Designer toy stores are usually limited to the larger metropolitan cities, which makes touring a prefect way to collect them. I believe we were in Manhattan at Kid Robot when Stef found this little lady pictured left. Her name is Kaori The Nurse. At the time we didn't know much about it, other than she looked really cool (which is kind of all that you have to know when it comes to buying these things), but Stef bought her.

Flash-forward to last week, where I ask my friend Little Steph (not to be confused with the aforementioned regular sized Stef) if she had any graphic novels that I could borrow. She gave me something called "Pure Trance", which was a pretty bizarre and thoroughly entertaining read. The most exciting discovery though was the comics main character, Kaori The Nurse. Finally, all of my questions have been answered. Why is she holding a bunny rabbit chainsaw? What's with the little pink haired kid? And most of all, what is Pure Trance?

The graphic novel, written by Junko Mizuno, is a violent, stylized and overtly sexualized version of shōjo manga, which is a particular style of comics marketed too, and written for, teenage girls in Japan. While drawing influence from this world, "Pure Trance" is definitely not for kids, taking a subversive and very adult approach to futuristic subject matter. What results is a psychedelic tale of torture, drug abuse, eating disorders, pop idolization, and a weird skull that can see the future when you feed it. It's great.

Below is an interview with Junko Mizuno, although they don't talk specifically about Pure Trance. There are a lot of examples of her work. A warning, there is a lot of nudity in the video below, as well as in the book itself. If that's something that bothers you than avert those eyes. If not, you can order Pure Trance here.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Past Lives

I have been listening to the upcoming Past Lives album a lot lately. It's a really interesting venture for half of The Blood Brothers to embark on, not that The Blood Brother's weren't already an interesting band to begin with, but the tone of this recorded is a somewhat unexpected turn. Where their previous work took hardcore into some distant, unknown future where experimentalism ran free, Past Lives is consistently referencing post-hardcore's roots. There are hints of Gang Of Four, Fugazi, and even The Pixies across the board, all of which are well executed enough to feel exciting, like the original bands, instead of derivative. Past Live's is obviously a fitting name.

Vocalist Jordan Billie does a really great job on this album, as well. While the instruments and chord changes around him remain refreshingly simple, Jordan sings notes that augment the voicing very well and turn the chords completely on their heads. It's not quite dissonant, be close enough to stay pleasantly unsettling.

You can hear the whole record online at the Past Lives website, and go here to order a copy.

SXSW And Brand New Website

It is my great pleasure to announce that Idiot Pilot will be playing South By Southwest this year in Austin, TX. It's going to be a great week, between Maps & Atlases, Broken Social Scene, Les Savy Fav, Washed Out and The Crystal Method I expect some fun shows, and there is also a band called And So I Watch You From Afar playing who I have been listening to a lot lately that I can't wait to check out.

Also, check out the new relaunch of our website over here!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

The Ghost And The Grace Sophomore Album Promo

Check out this video featuring song clips from The Ghost And The Grace's upcoming sophomore album, to be released this year.

Monday, February 15, 2010

5th Highest Tetris Score Ever Recorded

A while ago I made a post about how I had been attempting the world record of Tetris on the NES. In my previous attempts, until today, I had reached a peak of the 7th highest score ever recorded, but earlier I somehow managed to grab the 5th highest. Here is a video clip from the game.

The score I ended with is 570,426. I am officially submitting this attempt to Twin Galaxies, which is the video game division of Guinness World Records.